Ok, scientists are just looking for an excuse to get access to marijuana. You realize you can just move to Colorado, right? A new study out of the University at Buffalo shows that couples that get high together are less likely to beat each other.

I’m not sure this is the best avenue for a poster for legalization. Smoke pot and don’t beat your spouse. How about you just not beat your spouse. Pretty cut and dry on that one. The study looked at data from 634 couples starting in 1996.

Questionnaires were given out to the couples asking about drug and alcohol use, and any physical altercations. Do people really check the box, yes I beat my spouse? That just seems odd.

The study authors are drawing the conclusion that smoking pot lessens incidents of domestic violence because, “marijuana may increase positive affect, which in turn could reduce the likelihood of conflict and aggression.” Also, “chronic marijuana users exhibit blunted emotional reaction to threat stimuli, which may also decrease the likelihood of aggressive behavior.”

Now, study authors want to bring the data sets into the present. Researchers want to study behavior in states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and find out if this conclusion holds up against widespread usage.

Just give the scientists access to a bong already. That’s what they really want.

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